Woodstock has quickly gained a name for itself as the new art hub of Cape Town. Its most famed attraction – besides the bespoke storefronts and the art galleries that punch considerably above their weight – is undoubtedly The Old Biscuit Mill. This Albert Road favourite is best known for the bustling crowds it brings in on a Saturday morning. But take a wander westwards and you’ll find there is far more to Albert Road.
The interior of Abode is scattered with contemporary interior furnishings, from multi-coloured African print pillows to wall art. Owner and Interior designer -Michelle Petrie is the artistic brain behind the recycled steel and natural cane furniture and lighting designs. The rest of the stores products are sourced nationwide and sustainably produced, showcasing African craft and design in a number of ways, from decorative artworks to novelty items such as their giant Nutella and Marmite stools.
Found at: 373 Albert Rd, Woodstock (inside The Old Biscuit Mill)
Contact: 072 261 3540 | Michelle@abode.co.za | www.theoldbiscuitmill.co.za/abode |Facebook: Abode
Tip: Customisable furniture on request
Africa’s original surf and beachwear brand Bantu, makes quality products in Africa and by Africans for surfers, urban nomads and afro-punks. Founded by Yodit Eklund in 2010, the brand has an international following, and has retail stores in Senegal and Morocco. Using traditional processes and working exclusively with local artisans, Bantu makes products that are functional and authentic.
To the left of the Bibliophilia storefront, under a sign that reads “Love thy Neighbourhood”, you’ll find an automated door that serves as the entrance to this unusual bookshop. Pass through the short passage and turn right, and you’ll find an eclectic mix of the weird and wonderful. Bibliophilia specialises in niche categories, including graphic design, street art and photography books, as well as hard-to-find vinyls and DVDs.
Casa (Italian for ‘home’) is a remarkably friendly indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant that lives up to its name. With the famous giant Jenga lurking near by, the outdoor setting resembles a tiki hut with an open braai area surrounded by stools and an overhead tree canopy. Inside is a cosy lounge area which plays host to an open mic night every Thursday, with live music on Saturday afternoons.
The Woodstock Street Art tour is but one of many tours led by artist and entrepreneur Juma Mkwela. From the meeting place at the Woodstock Exchange, Juma will wind you through a 90 minute walking tour sharing the stories of the local and international artists and the artworks that have claimed the neighbourhood walls.
Found at: Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock
Contact: 073 400 4064 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.townshiparttours.co.za | Facebook: Juma Art Tours
Tip: Book online and don’t forget your camera